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August 11, 2011 August 12, 2011

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I received a piece of good news. One of my abstract paintings has been accepted for the National Midwest Abstract Show hosted by the Southside Art League of Indianapolis. It is titled Falling 2 and is one of the paintings I did earlier this year while my husband was going through the Provenge vaccine program. If you remember it was very traumatic for us and I was fighting uncertainties and fear. This is the second painting from that series that’s been accepted for a juried show. I guess it helps to let our feelings show. It is very hard for me to do but I can get release through my paintings.

Falling 2

 

 

July 7, 2011 July 8, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:46 am
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I have some GREAT news to share! I was just notified that one of my painting has been juried into the 2011 Hoosier Salon Juried Show. In Indiana this is a really big deal and I consider this the premier juried exhibit in the state. It is open to all media, including prints, sculpture and glass art. Being juried into their annual show allows an artist to begin exhibiting in their galleries regularly rather than waiting for their “member shows” (which I have still been very thankful for). I am just very grateful and happy and proud. And I want to thank all of you who have provided support since I’ve been blogging. The painting is one from my “Cancer Series” that I did over the last few months and has always been one of my favorites.

Flow 3

I wanted to thank all of you again. It was through your support and kindness that I remained motivated and allowed the pain and uncertainty to inspire me.

 

 

June 10, 2011 June 12, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Acrylics,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:37 am
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Now, as I move on to my “greenly reaching trees”, I want to thank all of you who have provided friendship, positive thoughts and support over the last few months. I feel blessed by your kindness. For me this has also been a period of growth. I feel like many of my paintings were created by a spirit flowing through me. Now that we are in a watch and wait mode I thought you might enjoy seeing my first and last paintings.

Blood Flow - First of the Cancer Series - 8" X 10" Acrylic on Claybord

What a change ocurred over the next three months.

O Happy Day - 12" X 16" watercolor on CP Kilimanjaro Paper

I’m sure this will not be my last painting inspired by cancer but Ken and I are now grateful for a pause so we can relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the summer for a few weeks.

 

 

 

June 8, 2011 June 10, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:54 am
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I have not been blogging much for the last few days because our week which was almost entirely open suddenly filled up with appointments. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Anyway I did want to let everyone know that we DID get a third and final vaccine for Ken so he completed the entire Provenge program. Now we watch and wait! He has a full round of testing in six weeks to see how things have changed since the vaccine infusions began in March. It has been a long hard slog but we are very hopeful now. I have been trying to get this painting completed. It will probably be my last “cancer series” painting for awhile. I think I need to move on. I was thing about a sunny day when I started so I titled it “O Happy Day”.  I’m not totally happy with it because it got a little dark top and bottom but, oh well, I’m happy with the painting and that this phase is over. Thanks to all of you for your positive thoughts, kindness and encouragement. I truly appreciate it.

O Happy Day

 

 

May 19, 2011 May 21, 2011

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I want to thank everyone for sending such kind wishes our way. I am happy to tell you that we did get a vaccine this week. Ken had his infusion on Thursday and has had very few side effects. We just got the schedule for what we hope will be the final round of vaccine. Thank you again!

I painted two small “Cells” paintings over the last two days. I am having some trouble with these smaller pieces. I feel like both of the paintings got too dark. In an effort to prevent a pastel look I am using too many colors that are dark and serious and in too many layers. With these little sizes I seem to get the best results when I finish in three layers. Something for me to keep working on…

Cells 2

I also have some composition problems that I am thinking about on the second painting so I will probably show it tomorrow. Today’s painting is on the 6″ X 8″ Fluid watercolor paper and I did have some trouble with the surface of the paper lifting off but this was my fault since I did not let everything dry long enough. So impatient!

 

May 8, 2011 May 9, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:53 am
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Yesterday was lovely and sunny. I had a great Mother’s Day and today is supposed to be sunny and warm so I am very cheerful this morning. To add to my blessings my youngest daughter is getting married in July and after much talk we start the real work today by holding our first meeting with the site and the potential caterers. (Since she’s a chef, I pity them! Picky, picky, picky!) She is going to get married at my cherished and exquisitely beautiful Indianapolis Museum of Art. Most of you are probably not familiar with the museum but it is on the grounds of an estate that was previously owned by a member of the Eli Lilly family (Lilly Pharmaceuticals). The estate includes a recreation building that was built for the children. It is spacious and elegant and is now used for special events. The museum is currently renovating the gardens at the end of the building. The wedding will be in the garden and the reception in the “Garden Terrace” building. My daughter has her 40th birthday in June and this is her first marriage. It will be small, casual and intimate but very special.

Now back to the world of art! Yesterday I told you about my paper disaster but good things come from bad. I flipped the paper over and did a little playing around with a new idea I’ve been thinking about. I have been considering how to use the idea of cells gone wild. This is really what cancer is and Ken’s form is very aggressive and hard to contain and fight. This is just rough but a start…

Playing around with the Cells Gone Wild idea

 

March 25, 2011 March 26, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 9:04 am
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Leslie inspired me when she commented on my post of yesterday. She mentioned blood vessels making a chain link fence (I loved this analogy!) and I was focused on blood (to any new readers this must sound grusome!) Anyway I started working on a second painting and this one is much different from yesterday’s post. Yesterday my painting was 8″ X 10″, very orderly and was primarily acrylic. Today’s painting is a half sheet (15″ X  24″), is chaotic  and is watercolor and ink. I think today’s painting more closely captures some of the emotion I feel. The darkness at the center of this painting is indicative of a malignant growth. It also comments on the dark place I’ve talked about. All cancer patients and their friends and family fight the darkness of depression. I’ve tried to show the veins that will bring a new treatment to my husband. .. that will enhance and strengthen his immune system with a vaccine made from his own blood. Closer to what I want to say …

Blood Flow 1

This is very new technology and we are optimistic.